Thursday Thought — Abusers tend to return to their abuse
[November 6, 2022: There have been some changes made to this post. For more information, read the Editors’ notes at the bottom of the post. Editors.]
Scripture has more to say about abusers than we often realize. Barbara compiled sSriptures that show that abusers tend to return to their abuse. These Scriptures and more can be found on our Scriptures Describing Abuse page.
But when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunder had ceased, he sinned yet again and hardened his heart, he and his servants. (Exodus 9:34 [ESV])
But when Pharaoh saw that there was a respite, he hardened his heart and would not listen to them, as the Lord had said. (Exodus 8:15 [ESV])
But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the people of Israel go. (Exodus 10:20 [ESV])
A man of great wrath will pay the penalty, for if you deliver him, you will only have to do it again. (Proverbs 19:19 [ESV])
Crush a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, yet his folly will not depart from him. (Proverbs 27:22 [ESV])
Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly. (Proverbs 26:11,12,16)
Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. (Proverbs 26:12 [ESV])
The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly. (Proverbs 26:16 [ESV])
A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. (Proverbs 25:28 [ESV])
A worthless witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity. (Proverbs 19:28 [ESV])
And this is the judgment; the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. (John 3:19-20 [ESV])
Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. (2 Timothy 3:8 [ESV])
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